06 Feb 2020
25 Nov 2020
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At the end of December I will have been a non-smoker for 4 years. I can hardly believe it. Time really does fly.
I think there are two main reasons why those of us who have quit keep coming back to this site. One reason is that we can never let ourselves become complacent. This addiction has deep roots, and every once it a while, it will sneak back up on you in some way. You have to be prepared for that. The second reason is that we are all grateful to the people on this site for helping us to quit, and we want to help others do the same. I know how hard it is to quit. I also know that it IS possible to break the habit.
I had tried to quit numerous times in the past. Each time I would give in when the cravings got too strong. But I thought of all the people I know who managed to quit, and I realized that they were no different from me. It's just that they refused to give in on their final attempt and they made their quit stick. Each time I was tempted to give in, I thought to myself, "I will never succeed if I don't change what I am doing. I cannot give in, I have to stay strong no matter what it takes." And that is what I did. That first month was hell on earth, let me tell you. But it changed the rest of my life, so I think that's a pretty fair exchange!
Given the pandemic, it is more important than ever to quit. You have done it before, and you can do it again. Believe in yourself, Lesley. I am rooting for you!